332 students test positive for COVID-19

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At least 332 COVID-19 cases have been reported in Zimbabwe’s learning institutions since the phased opening of schools that began in September.

Zimbabwe has recorded 10 547 confirmed COVID-19 cases from 9 714 reported last week, Cabinet noted on Tuesday.

A total of 8 698 people had recovered from the disease.

The national recovery rate stands at 82 percent. Nine thousand and eighteen of the COVID-19 positive cases are attributable to local transmissions

“In the learning institutions, a total of 332 COVID-19 cases were reported and the majority of these are asymptomatic, isolated and being monitored by Rapid Response teams in the respective provinces,” Information minister Monica Mutsvangwa told journalists during Tuesday’s post-Cabinet briefing.

“Cabinet also wishes to reassure the public that the total number of infected learners and teachers out of a population of 4, 5 million and 121 272 respectively, is very low,” she continued.

“The environment at schools will continue to be monitored as previously undertaken. We continue to urge the need for responsible reporting in this regard,” she added.

Cabinet noted that the Ministries of Primary and Secondary Education and Health and Child Care will continue to strengthen the implementation of standard operating procedures at schools and public transport spaces in order to curb the increase in new infections.

“The nation is called upon to continue exercising extreme caution, and complying with COVID-19 protective and preventative guidelines, protocols and measures in order to arrest the surge in confirmed COVID-19 cases,” Mutsvangwa said.

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